Domestic violence deaths prompt cancellation of school week in Colorado

In another case of alleged domestic violence, a Colorado couple were found dead of an apparent murder-suicide, according to news reports. Westminster Police are reporting that the bodies of Duane D. Duncombe, 50, and…

Domestic violence deaths prompt cancellation of school week in Colorado

In another case of alleged domestic violence, a Colorado couple were found dead of an apparent murder-suicide, according to news reports.

Westminster Police are reporting that the bodies of Duane D. Duncombe, 50, and Stephanie R. Duncombe, 29, were found Sunday morning inside their home with multiple gunshot wounds. Also, the man’s 12-year-old daughter and the woman’s 20-year-old son were found with similar injuries.

Police didn’t know how the children, who weren’t identified, were injured but noted they were responsive and alert when emergency personnel arrived. The couple’s 1-year-old daughter was inside the house but wasn’t hurt.

Police said they had been investigating a break-in at the Duncans’ home for the last two days. On Sunday, officers spoke with the girl and noticed an “improperly secured box in the garage,” they said in a news release. That opened up “a conversation between the officers and the child regarding domestic violence in the household.”

Further investigation, the release said, led officers to discover evidence of a crime in the house. Officers later found the bodies of the parents and children.

Dumfries, a school district with about 1,400 students, has been closed for the rest of the week “in order to help us process this tragedy,” Dr. Karen Haynie, the district’s superintendent, said in a statement.

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